Betty Brecht

Obituary of Betty Brecht

Betty Jane (Kreisler) Brecht, 93, of Springfield, Mo., former longtime Clinton, Mo. resident died early Sunday morning, November 19, 2017 at the Fremont Senior Living Community in Springfield.

She was born May 7, 1924 in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of Elmo J.F. Kreisler and Eleanor Anna (Harms) Kreisler.  She grew up in Ionia, Mo., and graduated from Cole Camp High School in Cole Camp, Mo.  In 1941 she moved to Clinton, Mo., with her family and worked for her father at Kreisler Drug Store.

Betty married John K. Brecht in Clinton on November 4, 1945. To this union two daughters were born, Barbara and Karen.  He preceded her in death on May 16, 2010.

Betty was a Camp Fire Girls leader for 14 years and was a 60 year charter member of the Lorna Kemper Club, where she held all elected offices through the years.  In 1941 she joined the Clinton United Methodist Church and remained a faithful member until her death.  She served as Chairman of the Board at Citizens State Bank, was a life member of the Henry County Historical Society and the Golden Valley Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and served on the Clinton School Board.  Her hobbies included sewing, reading and a deep love for nature.

Surviving are two daughters, Reverend Barbara Bowser and her husband David, Springfield, Mo., and Karen Baker and her husband Daughn, Tulsa, Oklahoma; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Emily Kreisler.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 25, 2017 at the Clinton United Methodist Church, 601 South 4th Street, Clinton, Mo. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton. Interment will be in Englewood Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Clinton United Methodist Church, 601 South 4th Street, Clinton, MO  64735; the Truman Lake Community Foundation, P.O. Box 463, Clinton, MO 64735; or the National Parkinsons Foundation, 200 Southeast 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, Florida  33131, or these donations may be left in care of the funeral home.